The NFL has suspended referee Roy Ellison for one game for his comments to Washington Redskins OT Trent Williams, per Ian Rapoport. The NFL followed up and said that he was suspended for a “profane and derogatory” statement.
There was a history of Ellison doing this in the past:
“Years ago, he allegedly shouted and swore at players, and it was a big issue that I had to deal with,” Pereira said of Ellison, the NFL’s only full-time umpire. “I actually had to talk to him in the office to make sure that none of this is going on.”
“So the fact that this happened twice now with the same individual has to really concern the league. And I know that they’re taking a strong look at this.” – NFL.com
The NFL released a statement saying:
“NFL game officials are expected to avoid personal confrontations with players and be respectful of players and coaches at all times,” the NFL said in a statement. “The NFL-NFLRA Collective Bargaining Agreement states that ‘at no time will a Game Official engage in any conduct which adversely affects or reflects on the NFL or which results in the impairment of public confidence in the honest and orderly conduct of League games or the integrity or good character of its Game Officials.’” – NFL.com
What did Ellison say?
NFLRA accuses Trent Williams of provoking Roy Ellison by saying, “F–k you, ‘N’ word.”
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 23, 2013